February 22, 1896

"Nine Years of Diphtheria."

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(8):387-388. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430600039009

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To the Editor:  —The Journal of February 15 contains a remarkable article with the above title. If you will allow me sufficient space I would like to call attention to some of its remarkable statements.1. The author has used the serum treatment in a series of nearly three hundred cases, both as a curative and a preventive agent during the past year.2. In December, 1894, the disease appeared in its most malignant form and has continued ever since.3. During September and October of one year he treated 123 cases without a death.4. Since Jan. 1, 1895, he has treated fifty-seven cases varying from the most malignant to moderately severe cases, none having been mild; there were two deaths with fifty-five recovies, a mortality of less than 4 per cent.The remainder of the article contains many extravagant statements equal to the foregoing but I have not

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